SAN FRANCISCO, July 12, (THEWILL) – Barely a week after he piloted his institution into the top ten in Africa and best in Nigeria, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Adewole, has bagged a UK award for outstanding contributions to medical screening and preventative medicine.
Professor Adewole is the only African out of the two persons who received the award at the University of Sunderland 2015 Convocation ceremonies. He was honoured by the Faculty of Applied Sciences for his impactful scientific contributions to Obstetrics and Gynecology which have improved the lives of countless women in Nigeria.
The other recipient is Sue Sharpe (Officer of the British Empire)who also got a Honorary Doctor of Science award.
Professor Adewole was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of his outstanding academic career and his commitment to the promotion of medical screening and preventive medicine in Nigeria.
The University of Ibadan also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Sunderland with a focus on “progression arrangements for students within courses from undergraduate to postgraduate courses; transnational education and dual award degrees; collaborative and cooperative supervision of postgraduate research students and development and implementation of research and external engagement projects, particularly to support the development of academic staff.”
Adewole who is the Principal Investigator of the AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria, Co-Principal Investigator of the Medical Education Partnership, a former Chairman of the National Task Team on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, and Principal Investigator for ‘Operation Stop Cervical Cancer’ in Nigeria is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
While presenting the award to Professor Adewole, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Sunderland, Professor Shirley Atkinson, stated that the UI Vice Chancellor has made significant contributions in his field capable of inspiring graduates of his institution as they begin their own careers.
Reacting to the award, Professor Adewole said he would continue to beam his searchlight of research on all threats to human existence, adding that the award was in recognition of education and teamwork in taming a global scourge.
According to him, any war against terror must be fought through collective efforts to nip it in the bud, including assemblage of sound team of experts capable of unmasking the masquerade with a view to reducing the fear, pain and terror certain diseases have inflicted on mankind.
Said he: “An African proverb says ‘Until you unmask it, a masquerade remains a terror’. A war against terror – of any kind is best achieved through collective efforts. Our modest contributions from our corner of the globe have helped in restoring hope to millions of people without hope. It has become a lamp among the armament that unmasked the monster HIV, and we shall continue to beam the light of research on all threats to human existence. This award is a recognition of the power of education and teamwork in addressing a global scourge.”
In 2013, Adewole was also presented with the Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Research in recognition of his contribution to improving the health of Nigerian women.
Written by Oludayo Tade, Ibadan